Tagged: build vs buy
I don’t necessarily need all the RGB either and I only have the two pieces now. I do like having the window though so I can look into the system and see how bad dust build maybe getting so I can clean out dust easier though.
Nice system, did you do the custom looping yourself?
Nods, I was just curious, my old case didn’t have a good case management system, mainly just a little hole on the side of the case. It’s why I asked, just because I know some cases really make it much easier than others.
Everyone’s systems here look great!! I have not gone through the process of building a PC for sometime so last year I elected to order a customized Desktop PC. Naturally with all things 2020, things went crazy and I received confirmation this week that the last PC I tried ordering had been cancelled due to availability. Just curious if anyone here has a recommended turnkey gaming PC vendor, or if you all recommend going through the process of getting components and assembling them later. Thanks in advance for any feedback!
Ok so for years I have bought Xidax PC. Here is an image of my system and info below.
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB – 7200RPM 3.5″ HDD
OS: Windows 10 Home Premium 64-Bit
Memory: (4x8GB) Xidax Extreme DDR4 2666MHz Memory-32GB
Processor: AMD RYZEN 5 3600X 6C/12T 4.4GHz
Motherboard: MSI X570 A-PRO
Graphics Card: NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB
m.2 SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 NVME SSD FREE UPGRADE TO 1TB!
2nd M.2: Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVME SSD
torturing myself with the looks. i got a basic in-win case i made a decent mid build a few years back. 7700k has held in fine, but i guess VR even on a non-clocked 1080 is just too rough. on board memory is my best guess…
and now, the great GPU insanity that is the current market. RIP.
the build i sometimes consider doing is a copy of one i saw years back for the basics. unless i can score a decent 3080+ though its not worth jumping the i9. the 1060 loaner i got right now gets jumps in beat saber, and my cyberpunk is running at 38 fps with heavily reduced settings. makes the dreams of a new build come back to the memory;
(pardon the minor rant. tldr, picture of a rig id like to take inspiration from)
My computers are all built with power and efficiency in mind, rather than looks. Their cases are all plain jane. I am of the firm belief that every dollar spent on looks is just another dollar lost in increasing performance. And I’ve yet to see any evidence otherwise in over 2 decades of PC building.
In fact, at one point about 20 years ago I used a cardboard box as a case when building a computer for my brother. A literal cardboard box. Saved him 40 bucks and ran just as well as any other PC with the same exact components.
not an untrue concept. you dont need nzxt or hard line colored fluid with rbg. or laser etched doors.. thats all just ‘cool factor’ and you can spend money on it as you prefer. you’re looking at the screen anyways so its not ‘needed’ by any means.
No adjustable RBG. Just fixed color LEDs. I built it myself. The sad thing is photos don’t do it justice.
nothing too over the top here, intel 4790k devil’s canyon OC at 4.4 gh, nvidia gtx 970, 32g ram on a msi motherboard.
The good thing about technology advancing is older tech, that is still useful, costs pennies! For a gaming machine you only need 2 cores. True there are games that will use more if you have them but 2 is really all you need. And a good graphics card.
About six months ago the fan on my AMD GPU decided to go out. I kept using the computer and it would over heat but still run. The app on the desktop was consistently showing a temperature close to 90 degrees Celsius and the pc would sometimes shut off. Two months ago I decided I needed another computer.
For less than $150 off new egg I bought a PC with Windows 10 pro, i3 4130 3.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive.
Installed a new nvidia gt 1030 pny brand card that was a little bit more expensive than the price of the PC.
Found a new unopened ASUS va24ehe monitor on sale from local Staples for about $80, before taxes. They wanted to get rid of it for new inventory. It’s 23.8 inches.
Games I play on this machine: Fallout 4 (still) 60 FPS (game 1280 x720 resolution at medium graphic settings with distance for everything at max), Call of Duty series, Distant Worlds Universe -Star Trek Version 2 mod, Skyrim sometimes.
I use this rig for game development and create tools I sell others can use for game development.
Buying low cost gadgets and working them hard is how I role. I tend to stay away from expensive tech. From history I’ve learned 1GB of storage cost around $300,000 back in the 1980’s. The first flash drive from IBM had 8 MB of storage and cost twice as much as its 32GB version today in 2021. My phone is old and cost me less than $40 when I bought it. I could buy a Samsung or iPhone but why when the cheap gadget will do all the general things and install the same apps. I like having money in the bank.
My brothers and sisters tell me I drive like grandpa :(
Yes, I bought a used Honda civic. But my car insurance payment has gone down since last year when I signed up.
…And I paid for my new/older pc from new egg using quad pay installments. Each payment was equal to a trip to the gas pump.
My mother asked me for $18 to buy paper towels with earlier this week. I told her no. Yeah they are more convenient to have around but she has a drawer full of towels in her kitchen.
I own a business and have money in a savings account in spite of all that’s happened the last year. Bottom line… cheapness is awesome! Although, hints are incoming I’m not getting anything for Christmas this year.
If you’re still looking for a computer…
I’ve had more fun building computers than buying them. Building my own system usually outshines anything a retailer would sell.
Depending on what you want to do with the PC a older machine may be useful. In that case I would recommend Odyssey Computers, Odyssey Computers | Newegg.com
Their inventory is usually shipped by NewEgg and that helps if there are any returns; but Odyssey has great reviews.
But then you’d need to find a graphics card and depending on the graphics card you get you may need to also upgrade your power supply. With online prices being what they are for GPUs right now you may get a better deal from a local retailer on the GPU. CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: April 2021 | TechSpot
I wouldn’t recommend buying a gaming laptop as their GPUs are usually lower wattage versions of their desktop counterparts which makes them on par with GPUs a few generations back. But from my experience AMD moible GPUs are way better than nvidia. But on a desktop I usually go for nvidia. That’s just my personal choice.
If you’re looking for a solution that comes with a retail AMD or nvidia installed graphics card this may be useful. IPASON Store – Newegg.com
But most things IPASON sells are expensive. A limited number of their builds are around $700 and have a decent nvidia GPU. Be careful not to buy the ones that ship with the gt 730 though. You don’t want that GPU for today’s games.
Also be warry of too good to be true deals.
In summary I would think if you find a desktop system with a good i3 and above processor/AMD equivalent within a range of 5, maybe 6, years ago and stick a good GPU in there you’d be good to go.
And don’t worry about the type of RAM. You can always buy more/upgrade the RAM later if need be. But you want at least 8GB.
Ryzen™ 7 5800X Desktop
ROG Crosshair VIII Impact
WD_BLACK™ SN850 NVMe™ SSD
Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600MHz CL16-16-16-36 1.35V
SF Series™ SF750 — 750 Watt 80 PLUS® Platinum Certified High Performance SFX PSU
Kraken X52 AIO
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5700 XT
NCase M1 Case